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New Home for Kean's Allied Health Programs

The transformation of Kean University continues, and generations of students, faculty, staff, and Union County residents will continue to reap the benefits for years to come. The latest evidence of the University’s commitment to providing world-class facilities can be seen at the corner of Morris Avenue and North Avenue, where ground has been broken for a new academic building.

Designed by the award-winning Gruskin Group, the firm that built Kean’s stunning Green Lane Academic Building, the 114,700-square-foot, mixed-use facility will house the University’s computer science and allied health programs including Kean's physical therapy and physician’s assistant degree programs.

A state-of-the-art educational and research facility, the North Avenue Academic Building is expected to be completed by July 2015. The project is part of a broader vision for the beautification and revitalization of the area, in collaboration with the neighboring municipalities of Elizabeth, Union and Hillside.

“In view of the high demand for health professionals, Kean University is determined to offer qualitatively superior programs in world-class facilities. The North Avenue Academic Building

will be such a facility, pushing the boundaries of 21st-century learning,” said Kean University President Dr. Dawood Farahi.

Designed to anchor the campus architecturally, the new six-story academic building will be linked to Kean’s main campus by flowing paths and park-like outdoor areas. Upon completion, the North Avenue Academic Building will extend Kean’s pedestrian-friendly campus plan.

The building’s 500-seat auditorium features a Meyer Sound “Constellation” system which electronically optimizes acoustics. A revolutionary interactive audience-collaboration system will allow up to 100 students at a time to post content from various electronic devices, including cell phones, tablets and laptops, to the auditorium’s main screen. A 30-foot-wide by 7- foot-high interactive iTouch wall, planned for the building's main lobby, will allow students to draw, research, play games and search online with a mere swipe of the hand.

“At Kean University, we are committed to offering 21st-century students a 21st-century experience,”
said Dr. Farahi. “This is yet another step forward for Kean.”

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